Britain's older population lives near national parks and coastal beauties, while young people stay close to cities, new studies show.
The data released by the National Statistics Office (ONS) analyzed various measures of aging between local authorities to illustrate how the UK populations can be compared.
The study found that older people typically live near national parks, the coast, and areas of exceptional natural beauty. Territories top the list in four common indicators, including Dorset, East Devon and South Lakeland in Cumbria.
In contrast, young people live in cities much more often. Eight of the nine areas rated as the most youthful were in London.
Manchester also has a young population with an average age of 30.1 years compared to the national average of 40.3 years.
This trend supports the view that older people are moving from cities to rural areas and to the coast, while younger Britons are moving to cities in search of work.
The study found that older people tend to live near national parks, the coast, and areas of exceptional natural beauty, while young people are far more likely to live in cities
Across the UK, Wales was found to have the oldest population, followed by Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.
The ONS also found that some neighboring local authorities have significantly different age profiles, with Brighton and Hove having an average age of 35.3 years compared to 48 years in Lewes.
Other examples are Norwich with a median of 33.5 and Great Yarmouth with 45.9. However, it was assumed that this example compares a densely urban university town with a much more rural community.
The majority of Britain's most aging local authorities are on the south or east coast, while those that aren't – Malvern Hills and South Lakeland – are near areas of exceptional natural beauty.
A higher proportion of older people also live in remote areas. 85 percent of the 100 most aging municipalities – measured by the percentage of over 65-year-olds – are considered rural.
Around 40 percent of these municipalities also contain a national park.
The report says: “If you look more broadly at those who live within the boundaries of national parks in England and Wales, these areas have a significantly higher average age and a higher percentage of the population aged 65 and over than the countries as a whole.
The areas that age most frequently in four common indicators include Dorset, East Devon and South Lakeland in Cumbria. Pictured: Lake Windermere
With an average age of 30.1 years compared to the national average of 40.3 years, Manchester is one of the areas with the youngest population
Pictured: Average age across the UK, shown in a graph by the National Statistics Office
Around 40 percent of the 100 most aging municipalities contain a national park
“National parks are also sparsely populated with population densities between two and 64 people per square kilometer compared to 391 people per square kilometer in England and Wales.
"The remoteness of these areas could result in older people having to travel considerable distances to get important services."
In contrast, the boroughs of London are the least aged municipalities. Islington, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Wandsworth are among the youngest in the UK.
Across the UK, Wales is the highest in terms of average age, percentages over 65, over 85 and age dependency ratio (OADR).
The OADR refers to the number of people from the age of the state pension (SPA) per 1,000 people between the ages of 16 and up to the SPA.
Northern Ireland has the lowest of all four measures and an average age of 3.6 years below that of Wales.
Scotland has a higher average age, a higher percentage over 65 and a higher OADR than England, but a lower percentage over 85.
The average age of UK municipalities is expected to increase between 2018 and 2043, with some of the largest increases forecast in Northern Ireland
"This age distribution in the UK is likely to change as Wales is expected to age more slowly than Northern Ireland," the report said.
& # 39; Between 2018 and 2043, ages 65 and over are expected to increase 5.4 percentage points in Wales and 7.8 percentage points in Northern Ireland.
& # 39; The aging nature of the Welsh population explains why future aging is likely to be slower.
"Likewise, Northern Ireland has a relatively young population and relatively high aging rates will better adapt the country to the rest of the UK."
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